Project Description :
The chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) causes an infection that is devastating amphibian populations world-wide. We have recently discovered that this fungus can migrate (crawl) like an amoeba during a few hours of its lifecycle, potentially during amphibian infection. To learn more about crawling by chytrid fungi, our recent paper can be found here: http://jcb.rupress.org/content/216/6/1673
To help us understand how this pathogen is able to crawl, we are looking for a student to help us identify genes used by chytrids to crawl by comparing chytrid genes to those of other species, some of which crawl and others that do not. This project will involve sequence analysis and comparative genomics. No computer programming experience is required, but it might prove useful.
Students MUST be available for at least 6 hours per week Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in a minimum of 2-hour blocks. Active participation in group laboratory meeting and bi-weekly one-on-one meetings is required of all lab members. Qualities we are looking in applicants include: curiosity about the project (and cell biology in general), impeccable record keeping, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively on a team. For more information about the lab see: www.fritzlaylinlab.org